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Vietnam Veterans: Jimmy McKinney Traveled With Big Red I


December 3, 2018

Jimmy McKinney stands by the memorial in front of the Transylvania County Courthouse.

Brevard native Jimmy McKinney was married and working at the Ecusta plant when he received his draft notice in May 1966.

"There were a lot of us from Transylvania County," McKinney recalled. "It was the biggest draft since the Korean War, taking guys that were married. They called us the old guys because we were 24 and 25. We didn't know if we were coming back or not. It was by the grace of God that we did come back.

Basic training during July and August at Fort Jackson in South Carolina was excellent preparation for a young man soon to be travelling through dense, humid jungles.


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